The absence of Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets has become costly.
The NBA on Friday fined the point guard US $ 50,000 (A $ 65,000) for violating his health and safety protocols and said he could resume the team’s activities on Saturday.
The league added that he would lose his salary for every game he misses during a five-day quarantine period that ends on Saturday if he continues to test negative for the coronavirus. He’s already missed two, which means he lost almost US $ 900,000 (AU $ 1,167,000) of his salary of US $ 33.5 million (AU $ 43.5 million).
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Irving has missed the last five games while away from the Nets for personal reasons. He was seen in a video on social media while away at a family party indoors without wearing a mask.
League protocols prohibit attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments.
Irving is the second player to be fined for this. The other is his new teammate, James Harden.
The Nets have not explained the reasons for Irving’s absence, leaving it to him to do so when he returns. Their next game is Saturday against Orlando, although coach Steve Nash said on Friday he had no update on when Irving would join the team.
“Without a doubt, the organization is disappointed that they don’t have any of our players, in this particular case Kyrie, not with us, not in the trenches with us and so on,” General Manager Sean Marks said on Thursday. from a press conference to discuss trade for Harden.
“So I don’t want to speculate and say why he’s out and about and so forth. I’ve had conversations with him and I’m going to continue having conversations and we can’t wait for him to come back to the gym, where he will address this, ” he said.
In December, Irving was fined US $ 25,000 by the NBA for not speaking to the media during the preseason.